4 Signs Your Asphalt Surface Needs Replacing

4 Signs Your Asphalt Surface Needs Replacing Grand Rapids Asphalt Paving

Does your asphalt surface have a lot of cracks and potholes? If so, it may be time to start planning for replacement.

Even with the best maintenance, nothing lasts forever. Freeze-thaw cycles, UV rays, and heavy traffic can all shorten the life of asphalt. That's why it's important to keep an eye on the condition of your driveway or parking lot.

Here are the four main signs you may need to replace your asphalt surface.

1. Alligator Cracking

Is your paved surface beginning to resemble the hide of an alligator? Take a closer look at the pattern of cracks on the surface of your parking lot or driveway.

If the cracks resemble a scale pattern, you may want to consider replacing the asphalt. Alligator cracking is usually a sign of foundation failure.

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2. Deep Potholes

Our team can fill minor potholes to restore your driveway or parking lot. But if a pothole grows big enough, water may be able to penetrate the foundation. Once this happens, the foundation weakens and fails.

Large potholes can be dangerous because they can damage vehicles. They may also become tripping hazards for pedestrians.

To avoid liability for vehicle damage and personal injury, always repair potholes ASAP.

3. Problems With Drainage

Do you have standing water in your parking lot for several days after it rains? If so, your parking lot has major drainage issues.

Standing water may occur if the middle of the pavement sinks and creates a depression. You may also have standing water if the previous contractor didn't plan for proper drainage. For example, a parking lot needs to have a certain slope so water drains out and away.

Standing water will damage your asphalt pavement in the long run. That's why it's important that you call us as soon as you notice any issues.

4. Faded Pavement

Over time, the sun’s UV rays will cause your pavement to fade from black into gray. A gray pavement may seem like more of a cosmetic issue. But it can also be a sign that your asphalt surface is weakening.

We recommend sealcoating to protect asphalt from UV rays. Sealcoating also gives your parking lot or driveway a rich, black color so it looks like new. In general, we recommend that you sealcoat your asphalt surface every 3 to 5 years.


We understand that replacing your driveway or parking lot is a big financial commitment. But we also know that the asphalt surface will only deteriorate more over time. That’s why it’s important that you hire an asphalt contractor like A-1 Asphalt.

You may need to replace your asphalt surface if you notice:

  • Alligator Cracking
  • Deep Potholes
  • Problems With Drainage
  • Faded Pavement

Keep in mind that depending on the issue, we may offer other solutions. For example, we may recommend resurfacing your parking lot if the foundation is still in good shape.

Request a Free Estimate From A-1 Asphalt Inc.

A-1 Asphalt Inc. is a reputable asphalt paving contractor. As such, we're proud to serve Grand Rapids and surrounding West Michigan areas.

To request a free estimate, please call A-1 Asphalt Inc. at (800) 871-4401. You may also fill out our online contact form and someone from our team will reach out to you soon.

This blog post has been updated.